Once your perfect engagement ring is firmly seated on your finger, you probably feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders – that’s one very important item less than you can check off your to-do list. to do ! But, the ring journey isn’t over yet: now is the time to choose a wedding band that matches your engagement ring.
While some engagement rings are made by jewelry brands that offer matching wedding bands, many are not. It can be difficult to find a ring that matches your ring perfectly, especially if your ring features an unusual center stone, unique center stone cut, or bold metal. Since these two rings are going to be worn together forever, you want them to match perfectly, like a match made in heaven.
That said, there’s a lot to consider and so many options to choose from. Brides spoke with jeweler Colleen Montague, who said one of the most important things to do is make sure the engagement ring remains the star of the show. “Try to pick a wedding band that won’t overpower your engagement ring,” she says.
Ahead, everything you need to know to find a wedding band that’s the perfect fit for your engagement ring, including our favorite ring pairings!
Choose a metal
Traditionally, wedding rings and engagement rings are made of the same metal, so many people assume they must be made of the same metal. It’s not true. “Be creative! Don’t be afraid to mix metals and shapes,” Montague says. “Mixed metals can really give a wedding ensemble a modern look.”
Need ideas or inspiration? “The most common mix is a white and yellow gold set, but don’t limit yourself to what you like,” says Montague. “The mix of white gold, yellow gold and rose gold turned out really beautiful.” She explains that adding, for example, yellow gold to a white gold engagement ring can make the whole thing look brighter and more unique.
Types of alliances
After deciding on a metal ring, you will then need to decide which style of wedding band you prefer. Consider whether you want a wedding band that rests against your engagement ring or whether you don’t mind a small gap in between. Most of the time this will depend on the setting of your engagement ring. A high level setting, like a cathedral, has room for a wedding ring to sit comfortably under the stone with no gaps.
You should also make sure that the width of your engagement ring and your wedding band are the same or similar. For example, if the band of your engagement ring is thin, also opt for a thin wedding band.
Classic wedding rings
If you don’t want any space between your two wedding bands, opt for a classic wedding band style. There’s the very simple regular metal band, with no added extras; the eternity wedding ring, adorned with pavé diamonds all around the wedding ring; and the rail-set wedding band for a different way of mounting the diamonds.
Infinity-style wedding bands, which feature the infinity symbol all over, are also popular, but may not go completely right with your engagement ring.
Contoured wedding bands
Maybe your engagement ring setting isn’t high and a band can’t sit under the center stone. You can still get a band that sits against the ring with a streamlined style.
A contoured wedding band is designed to match the curvature of your engagement ring. At the front, the band is shaped to follow the contours of your ring so it sits perfectly against it. It is very common, elegant and looks completely natural.
Notched wedding bands
Another option for a flush look is a notched wedding ring. If a contoured wedding band looks like it was created specifically for your ring (which very well could have been!), a notched wedding band looks like a piece of a puzzle. It is completely straight all the way to the front, where there is a notch for the stone to hold in place.
When it comes to finding the perfect wedding band and engagement ring, there really is no right or wrong answer. You can go for the classic, traditional look of the same metals and simple bands, or you can opt for something more unique and modern, like mixed metals or a band with embellishments.
If you want some suggestions, though, Montague has some great tips for popular engagement ring cuts that can inspire you.